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Independent Media announces senior appointments at Cape Times

Independent Media executive chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé, met with editorial and business staff at the company's head office in Cape Town to announce the appointments of staff, including six senior and experienced editorial staff to the Cape Times.
(Back row, from left) Cape Times deputy editor Aziz Hartley, Independent Media chief of staff Zenariah Barends, Cape Times editor Aneez Salie, senior writer Dougie Oakes, chief sub-editor Mandy Eachells and layout sub-editor Mugamad Jacobs. In front (from left) online content producer Liesl van der Schyff, news editor Lynette Johns, Independent Media executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé and online media reporter Quinton Mtyala. Picture: Jeffrey Abrahams
(Back row, from left) Cape Times deputy editor Aziz Hartley, Independent Media chief of staff Zenariah Barends, Cape Times editor Aneez Salie, senior writer Dougie Oakes, chief sub-editor Mandy Eachells and layout sub-editor Mugamad Jacobs. In front (from left) online content producer Liesl van der Schyff, news editor Lynette Johns, Independent Media executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé and online media reporter Quinton Mtyala. Picture: Jeffrey Abrahams

Independent Media has over the past 12 months made several editorial and commercial appointments at its publications throughout the country, as part of its repositioning and growth strategy. This is in the wake of radical changes, restructuring and retrenchments in the print media industry.

The following six senior editorial positions at the Cape Times were announced. This is the second set of appointments at the Cape Times over the past six months.

Lynette Johns, News Editor. Lynette is no newcomer to the Cape Times having started her career at the publication in 1994. Included in her 10-year experience at Independent Media, she worked on several titles including Cape Argus and the company's popular community newspaper, The Plainsman. She rejoined the Cape Times in April this year and has made a significant contribution since returning. Her appointment as News Editor, comes into immediate effect.

Mandy Eachells, Chief Production Editor (Chief Sub). With 25 years' experience in media with an M Phil in Journalism under her belt, Mandy's career at Independent Media included various stints at Cape Community Newspapers, Cape Argus, Cape Times and Weekend Argus before leaving the company to pursue other career opportunities in the media industry. Mandy has returned to take up the new position of Chief Production Editor (Chief Sub).

Roland Adams, Copy Desk Sub-Editor. Roland is no stranger to the media environment having been at the helm of the Journalism Department at Cape Peninsula University of Technology for seven years. His extensive experience will benefit the newsroom greatly.

Mugammed (Boetie) Jacobs, Layout Sub-Editor. For almost two decades, Mugammed Jacobs, popularly known as Boetie, has been the key DTP, layout and graphic design artist at the Cape Times. His promotion to Layout Sub-Editor is a well-deserved achievement.

Quinton Mtyala, Online Media Reporter. With the growth of the Cape Times' online audience, Quinton Mtyala's role as online media reporter, together with his extensive experience in communication, will further enhance the publication's online strategy.

Dougie Oakes, Senior Reporter (Appointed into a contract position). Veteran journalist and author, Dougie Oakes has been contracted to bring his wealth of journalistic experience back to the almost new newsroom of the Cape Times.

Two other staff members have also been appointed into the following vacancies: Louis Neethling, Online Content Producer responsible for multimedia content on various platforms and Liesl van der Schyff, Online Content Producer responsible for social media platforms and content production.

Dr Survé congratulated all the appointees and commended them for their commitment to helping to transform the Cape Times. "The fact that the Cape Times has been able to hold its own in spite of its detractors who have gone to great lengths to ensure its demise, is admirable. This of course, says a lot about our readers, current and new and about the editorial offering which has received positive feedback from many quarters", said Dr Survé.

The Cape Times continued its celebrations with Dr Survé and staff congratulating Francesca Villette and Carlo Petersen. Francesca was the winner of the Editor's Choice award at the regional 2015 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards. Francesca was one of six young journalists who were appointed to the Cape Times in April this year. Carlo Petersen, another star performer in the newsroom, received the judge's commendation for his Rhodes Must Fall coverage in the Print News category.

Cape Times editor, Aneez Salie said, "I would like to thank our loyal readers, subscribers and advertisers for their support of the Cape Times. The appointments are a direct result of a change in ownership, leadership and ethos at the Cape Times. This is indeed an historic day in the life of the Cape Times, established in 1876 and still going strong."

19 Oct 2015 11:14

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